gender reveal surprise-inside cake

So I have a little announcement for you that I have known about for a few months now.

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

When I first found out I was freaked out.  I mean… this was big news for our family and I didn’t know if I should smile or run into my closet and eat cake.  (In all fairness I eat cake in my closet a couple times a day anyway so that is not a good indicator of stress for me.)

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

OK, ok, I will stop teasing.  I am NOT pregnant!  We are done having kids and are totally smitten with the five we are lucky enough to be blessed with.

However, I AM introducing a new partnership in my life.

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

Its with Craftsy!  If you are into crafts or quilting or cake decorating on any level you are probably very familiar with Craftsy.  If you are not please drop everything and go watch some free classes on how to do awesome stuff with cakes.

It’s life changing stuff.

I teamed up with Craftsy to offer some classes on how to make surprise-inside cakes!  My class is called “Decorating From the Inside Out” and it launches March 11th.  The classes are in high-definition and are interactive.  I will be there answering questions and helping you out along the way!  Another fun feature?  Once you purchase my class it will NEVER expire.  You can watch it as many times as you want!

The classes I am teaching are for cakes that have never been taught on my blog! But a couple are in my book, so when you get it and see a cake you want to make just think, “Hey, there is a video of Amanda making this cake on Craftsy and I can go watch it right now!”

How cool is that?

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

And now for this sweet cake.

One of the methods I teach in the course is a twice-baked cake, a method that I first started playing around with in 2011.   You can use shapes or letters and make WORDS!  This particular cake is not in the course (It’s just a special treat for my blog readers!) , but the methods I teach will provide you the knowledge to make any design you can think of.

So can you tell what the fictitious expectant mom is having?  A Baby Boy!  How adorable is that little guy in there?

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!

 

And it could not be easier to do.

Not only will I teach you how to make a fun surprise-inside cakes, but I will teach you creative and easy buttercream techniques.  Like this very fun and personalized “dot” technique.  I am such a sucker for polka dots and absolutely love incorporating them into everything I do.  When you buy my course you will get to SEE how I make these dots and just how easy it is!

And there is so much more.  Part of me is completely mortified that the sweet folks at Craftsy let me blabber on camera and do weird dances (Yes, I seriously shook my booty, please don’t tell anyone) and the other part of me is so darn excited to share new tips with you that I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO SIGN UP!

Since the class isn’t available for a couple more weeks, I thought it would be fun to give you a chance to win!

To be entered to win simply click on this link:

CRAFTSY COURSE GIVEAWAY

If you already have a Craftsy account then you can use your existing login information to be entered. (If you have trouble seeing the giveaway page, using Google Chrome should help.)

One entry per person, the giveaway is open to everywhere.

This giveaway is open until March 3, 2014.

Official Rules here.

Gender Reveal Surprise-Inside Cake!!

I hope you like my newest original surprise-inside cake and I hope you will love my new course on Craftsy!

Here is a link to the Chocolate Frosting recipe!

Today is the Day!

We are scheduled to have our fifth child this morning via C-Section!  Five kids.  Who would have thought?

We are nervous and excited for this newest addition to finally make his/her way into our lives!

Gender Reveal Rose Cake

For this pregnancy we chose to not find out the sex of the baby, and its been really fun!!  Thank you to all those who commented and encouraged us to stick with it and not give in… I am so glad we did!

Baby Blue Rose Cake

 

I am hoping for another boy…

Pink Rose Cake

 

 

My sweet Audrey wants a little sister desperately!

 

In reality we all would be thrilled with either. :)

In honor of the sweet blessing we are about to meet I wanted to share some of the joy and excitement with you.

I am going to start my day with a super awesome gift and I think YOU SHOULD TOO!!

I would love for one of you to win the amazing new phone!

Verizon Phone

Its actually part smartphone.  Part tablet.

But all totally awesome.  These beautiful Verizon phones retail for $599.00!

How can you win one?  Simply tell me:

What do you think we are having… a boy or a girl?

If you would like you can follow along on my Facebook page, I will try to update with pictures and confirmation! :)

Contest runs from May 31st-June 3rd.  You can “vote” once a day, every day!

See official rules here.

Wish me luck! :)

UPDATED:

Olivia

On Friday we welcomed Olivia into our hearts!

She was 8lbs 5 oz

She is healthy and happy and much loved!

(Contest is still open through this evening- just make sure you guess ‘girl’) :)

WINNER ANNOUNCED!

I picked a winner using random.org.  They selected a number between 1 and 611.  Comment #52 was the lucky winner!

Theresa, please email me within 48 hours to claim your awesome new phone!

 

I’ve Got News

You may or may not have noticed, but I have been absent.  Not blogging.  Not really facebooking.  Not tweeting.  Not Instagraming.  Not pinning.

And I have missed you.  Missed your kind words and your blogs and your awesome pins and seeing what you are up to on twitter.

And soon, I am hoping to get back in the groove again.   The separation anxiety has been too much.

Well, I might as well tell you why.

In about five months we will be gaining another member to our family.  We are pregnant!  Well, *I* am pregnant.  But my dear hubby has been picking up the slack like crazy for the last few months so he gets full credit too.

Although we are thrilled and beaming and so, so thankful for this blessing, it has not been easy.  I have been very sick.  Its been severe nausea/sickness and exhaustion and migraines and some other not so fun stuff.  For someone who suffers from motion sickness even when not preggers, this nausea has been debilitation for me.   I would look at my computer screen and get sick.  It got to the point where I had to hide my computer because the mere idea of being on it would make me sick.

But, as of the last couple days, things are starting to look up.  I am typing and not dizzy.  YAY!

The idea of baking doesn’t make me want to set my kitchen on fire so I will not have to go near it.  I mean, not that I thought that.  That would be crazy.

So hopefully, over the next five months, I will be able to get back to what I love.  Baking. Blogging.  And hanging out with you.

For the first time ever, we are planning on not finding out the gender of our newest miracle.  This being our fifth child, I think we will be able to handle it.  I mean, logistically.  Emotionally I might be in the fetal position in my closet eating cool ranch Doritos and ceasar salad (that has been my cravings of late) because I CANT TAKE THE SUSPENSE.

I might need to lean on you for support.  Please tell me you have done this and it didn’t make you crazy.  Because if there is the slightest chance it will be stressful I might start stalking our ulstrasound tech.

My husband and children have unanimously decided that its a girl.  However, we currently have three boys and one girl, so I think the odds are in favor of a boy.  I have no idea.  I have never guessed right with any of them!

But no matter what we are blessed with, we know he/she is already so completely and utterly loved.

And I just want to really apologize for how absent I have been.  I know I mentioned it before, but I sincerely miss you all.  Your comments and interaction in the iambaker community has been such a delight!  Getting to know you better is a true joy.

Oh, and one more thought. In making this cake I got to thinking… not only is this is fun “We’re Pregnant!” cake, but could also be a fun Gender Reveal cake!

Maybe I will just update this post when our new addition arrives! :)

***Just in case you want to know, I call this cake the Rose Cake.  Its an original cake the I created in Feb. of 2011 and have made many since!  You can see my full tutorial here, or my video tutorial here!